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What's wrong with a Kingcycle with all the fairings and a bit of padding on the seat? 

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In general, bikes with a more cylindrical shape behave better in side winds, and are more aero. Obvious really. I think the reverse bulb keel is unlikely to handle well. It will be more stable, but you may have to fight it. Any extra devices are more likely to add to problems, though a lift dumper under the bike might work.
A surprisingly important part of handling is the relation between CP and trail. If it is fairly forward, and you have considerable trail, the bike will castor with the wind and get blown around. I had to moderate the trail on Oscar. With less the steering was very light, but the bike was only gently pushed away from the wind, and naturally corrected itself. This makes sense with the work Matt Weaver did. Next version (if I ever build it) will have the front wheel a bit further forward and should be able to cope with a bit more trail. 
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I think Glen Thompson was proposing the conforming tail on one of the later Bluebell variant. Could work, but assumes wing shape rather than torpedo.
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I rode 50,000 miles on the Wasp, in all weathers, and side wind was just was not an issue on a bike that low. Truck suck was though, in London on the South Circular where the lorries would pass at speed and very close while waiting to turn in to Dulwich Park and I used an exaggerated amount of lean while waiting to turn. I weigh nothing of course and traction with FWD was a bigger issue for me than side winds.

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