i will add this. i am now in bali, indonesia on a brand new yamaha vixion 150cc, front disc, fuel injection and there is no way i would want to have this bike for a trip in india.
too flimsy. the wheels too small. i go over a small hole in the road and it feels like a railroad track. my enfield would go over it without notice. there is no place to tie luggage. few spots even to weld to. and most westerners going thru india do carry a larger load than locals. the enfield is 100 times better suited for that.
as to the point of needing to stop quickly. on an enfield, you are not going too fast to begin with so you can spot trouble sooner and brake accordingly.
my friend used his honda kharizma 220 and loved it. on the few patches of open road he cut my time in half. i really cant imagine going 120kph+ on most indian roads!
to each their own. to call an enfield, in so many words, terrible in comparison to a modern jap-type bike is unjustified in my opinion.
like you say, its all about the ride. and we all have our own ideas of that.