Hello! I feel I shouldn't be on this forum — I am anything BUT an adventure rider — but folks on other lists said you folks might be able to answer my questions, so here I am. I moved from the US to India three months ago. Calangute, Goa, to be exact. I've slowly been getting used to the insane traffic on a rental scooter, but since I'm going to be here a year (at least) and want to explore other parts of the country, it's time to buy a bike. I ride a NT700V and Pacific Coast in the US (the latest of a dozen bikes I've owned), and have several hundred thousand miles under my belt. But I'm not lying when I say I'm NOT an adventure rider. I ride slowly and carefully, and give everyone else the right-of-way. No peg dragging for me. In India, that's tough to do, and more so, I expect, on a big bike. So what I'm looking for is a bike small enough that I can go grocery shopping and take it about town, but also go touring. As you can see from my choice of bikes, I like sport-tourers, but they don't seem to exist in India. I'm old, so need a comfy ride with a good seat and easy seating position. Here, that seems to mean small cruisers. After a check with several dealers today, I ruled out Royal Enfield (WAY too heavy, even the 350cc) and Honda doesn't make touring or cruising bikes here. (What they do have is way too uncomfortable for me.) That took me to Bajaj and Hero, and I'm looking at an Avenger and a Super Splendor. Either one is doable (and even brand new, the price is right in India), but every bike I looked at has a heel-and-toe shifter, and I rode an older Avenger for two weeks right after I got here, and couldn't figure that out. (Even though it's hotter than hell, I do wear long pants and motorcycle boots even on the scooter, and the heel-and-toe shifters don't seem conducive to big boots and feet.) So — and sorry for this long post — my questions are: Are there any other bikes a should consider in India? Will I be able to get the hang of the heel-and-toe shifter? Can I tour such a big country on a scooter? I'm open to any advice as long as you realize I'm an old wuss who'll have to deal with buses passing within inches of me; potholed roads and speed bumps everywhere; parking in tiny spaces that I'll need to get out of; and I'm sure lots of other things I don't know about. I really do enjoy riding/scooting when I'm on an only semi-packed road, and know things will be nice on the highways, but I do need something dual purpose. Thoughts? A huge TIA!!!!