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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2010, 3:34 pm Thread Starter
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Top Boxes for a Laptop

My 2008 GT came with the 29L BMW top box when I bought it. It's pretty handy, but I'm looking for a top box with a large enough interior space to fit my MacBook Pro in the Tom Bihn sleeve I use. It needs to have interior dimensions greater than 15"x12" and be generally weatherproof.

The BMW large top box is insanely expensive and, unless I find one used and cheap, isn't in the running.

Thanks for your time.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2010, 7:24 pm
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300 bones for a 'netbook' that fits the small box. 'I' phones are almost free and they fit in a pocket!

just a suggestion cause I went through the same thing....

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My 2008 GT came with the 29L BMW top box when I bought it. It's pretty handy, but I'm looking for a top box with a large enough interior space to fit my MacBook Pro in the Tom Bihn sleeve I use. It needs to have interior dimensions greater than 15"x12" and be generally weatherproof.

The BMW large top box is insanely expensive and, unless I find one used and cheap, isn't in the running.

Thanks for your time.
I'm not sure if this is in the running, but maybe...

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I use a netbook on short trips where I'm not doing hardcore work, and it fits just about anywhere. But if I'm gone for a week or more, I have to keep working and the netbook doesn't cut it for software development work. The backpack is an option for short commutes, but I need on-bike storage for long days and I'm already wearing a Camelback.

I'm in a weird position where I can be or go anywhere as long as I have my Mac and a net connection. I'd like to take advantage of it.
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How about something like these. Ebay is your friend for several alternatives that meet your size requirements. Several are quick detach

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I'll check that out. I looked at the Givi website but they didn't list any bits for the 2008 GT. How do I know what will fit?

Tomorrow I'm going to put in a call to SJ BMW. They're pretty handy for stuff like this and they're right around the corner.
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I've used Givi 46 and 53L top boxes and they will fit most laptops.

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Just think carefully if it's an expensive laptop 'cos the G forces on the tail are huge. If I was doing a regular commute I'd look at a top case where I could add in some bungy supports so the laptop is held suspended on rubber.

The reason I know it's huge is I carried a small tin of paint once with a press on lid which popped (ugh messy) and -:

I carried some PC mobo's in my Givi case once. They were working when I put them in but sprang up with faults after a 50 mile ride in the top box.

When I had to take my laptop to work on the bike I used a laptop carry case that could either be configured like a rucksack with two shoulder straps, or one strap slung over the shoulder. Carried on the body there are less vibs and G forces to worry about. I'd do the same if I had to carry one of those expensive Canon dslrs.



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FWIW I too carried around both a 15 and a 17" laptop for many many miles in my 49 liter top case. Both are still running fine. However since I bought a Droid I have pretty much eliminated the need to have one. There are still things I need the laptop for, but not too many that I can't go with out for several days or couple of weeks. You use may vary though. And even though the laptop no longer goes with me I still seem to find ways to fill up all that 49 liters with some thing!

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Thanks for the input. I've got a Droid as well and while it's a great supplement to a laptop, I can't write code on it.

I'm guessing it was the vibration that caused problems with the motherboards. The laptop sleeve I have handles most of those problems. I wouldn't put a bare lappy in the top box though.
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