I put a piece of wall paneling (1/4 in wood panel) as a back board in my standard computer bag and then bungy the bag down to the passenger seat. I've done it for years and haven't had any problems yet. The board keeps the PC flat and all the tension of the bungies is supported on it rather than on the bottem of the laptop.
I'd stay away from magnetic tankbags too but it's more for the fact that I'd rather not deal with the crap of replacing my work PC after weight shifted and I lost the tankbag at 70 mph. I doubt those magnets are strong enough or placed closely enough to the drive or screen to cause a problem.
Sacrilege, Bikes are the perfect means of taking on the work day. I've done it for almost 20 years, and will personally testify that taking my bike to work, and using it to blow off steam at lunch, has saved many a fellow employee from a postal incident.
As to the laptop, I've found good results with backbacks, but you lose style point, its a trade off.
I have been using a boblbee back pack for a couple of years without problems. It is pretty well made, has a hard shell, is reasonably waterproof and can easily hold either my PowerBook or my Thinkpad plus papers and accessories. The shape is well suited to a slight forward crouch and I think it would protect the laptop if it had to - but I have not tested the crash worthiness yet.
Do a google on boblbee and you'll find prices and stores selling it.
Putting a laptop in the tankbag is fine. Don't take these wussies, and their cynical comments seriously. I have been using an Oxford magnetic tankbag on my ZX6R for the last 4 years. I use my raingear, and a notebook as a cushion for my laptop. No problem commuting 80 miles a day.
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