Hey not so fast guys, my wife uses one while we are travelling, for, as was said, GPS, directions, restaurants, whatever. She has a plug right in the side hard pocket just for it. It is about 1/2 the size of a regular laptop. She straps it around her neck just in case she loses it for some reason. We do get a lot of looks when she on. I think she entertains herself with it while travelling as well. Whatever makes them happy orshould I say if she is happy, I'm happy. :action:
Actually the reason I bought my laptop was so that I could carry it on the bike. I lead a lot of group rides, and I usually plan out my routes for the GPS on the computer the day before. But a lot of times whenwe get together, we have a change of plans. Someone suggests an alternate destination, or someone suggests an alternate route because such and such road is better. So I thought it would be nice to have the laptop so that I could re-plan the route and download it to my GPS on the spot.
So I bought a used laptop on e-bay.
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. The laptop barely fits in the saddle bag so I don't like to force it in there to carry it with me.
But I never had a laptop before so I use it constantly. I love having it.
My laptops got lots of miles on it sittin on the back. No saddlebags, but a pelican case works nicely to keep it dry, clean and padded. All my work is on there, so it's not really a choice when a business trip comes up and there's no snow around. Laptop is easy on the bike. Tower, monitor, power supply, that might be a little tricky.
there are new mini laptops that go for 350 bucks, easy to get a 12 volt addapter and have it runnin on the bike, some of those mini laptops run un solid state hard drives. so vibration is not a problem you can attach it to the bike and have it running as a gps, music player and anything else you can think about!