I like the new generation of small displacement bikes. 40hp is the sweet spot, enough punch for the freeway and all grins in the twisties without getting too extra-legal. I spent two weeks on a KTM 390 Adventure and found it a pleasure on pavement and dirt roads. My only gripe on some of the small pocket rockets is they are two short for a 34" inseam.
Sounds like a sweet little machine. I remember riding a friend's 1st gen Ninja 250 years ago on twisty NY Finger Lakes roads and coming away with a real appreciation of the thing. It's a lot of fun to wind out a mini sport bike to 12000RPM while staying at somewhat legal speeds.
I know its a useless comparison to make, but boy for $5k new for a new one of these smallbore sportbikes, for a beginning rider I'd point them right to an clean older Ninja 250/GS500/Ninja 500 for less than half the price (local midwest prices). Not as painful if you drop a cheaper used bike either.