Originally Posted by StillJustJerry
Do you take a computer with you on the bike when you travel? Any special precautions or location that you use to minimize the chance of damaging it?
I commute every day with a laptop. I have ridden with laptops on motorcycles since laptops were available. So far, no problems.
Get a laptop case that will protect your laptop from a fall from the parked motorcycle seat to hard concrete. It will happen to you someday. The cases that I recommend have a heavily padded inner section specifically for the laptop, with additional padded protection from the outer case itself.
My last two cases have been Brenthaven Pro backpacks. (When I bought a new 17 inch one last March, I had to search really hard to find the old model with the removable sleeve. I don't like the current model as well.) I used the 15 inch one for many years with multiple laptops. No problems.
I use a 49 liter BMW top case to hold the 17 inch laptop in its Brenthaven case. It is the only BMW case that fits. It was also the only BMW case that fit my previous 15 inch laptop. The side cases were too small for my 15 inch laptop.
Perhaps you have a laptop that is small enough to fit in a side case (in its own briefcase or backpack).
Before, I had a briefcase-style case, and would bungie net it to the passenger seat and backrest on my old Honda Magna. I never had any problems, but you must make sure that the bungie net is tight without damaging the laptop. Also check the bungie net to make sure that its elastic is good. The elastic wears out and must be replaced from time to time. The laptop case protects the laptop screen from damage by the tight bungie net and from bumps on the road.
Depending on how your laptop is constructed, you may need a specially made fabric insert to protect the screen from the keyboard. If they are pressed together tightly, the keys may rub and leave a "buffed" imprint on the screen. The screen is usable, but the buff marks are annoying.
I have also worn a backpack with the laptop inside. It is uncomfortable, and I don't like the way it constrains my riding ability. It has one major advantage: it adds considerable isolation from road shocks.