Here are a couple of bikes to try out for the reasons that you stated, I can think of these 2 right off the top of my head.
2000 Suzuki Bandit 1200
2000 Suzuki Katana 750
Both bikes are under $8000, very comfortable especially if your wife ever does ride with you, excellent wind protection, low insurance rates, sufficient power esp. the 1200. Not everyone has one of these and they are very nice bikes for what you want and for your size, too. Try them out, I'll bet you a dollar that you will like the Bandit 1200, best.
'00 Katana 600
39 speeding tickets and now I have a V1.
So, uh, you "on the take", or what?