Your right, it sucks.
If you can't appreciate the light transition "flickability" and that the HP is the least impressive factor of the engine output, well, have you ridden one? It is a midrange engine. Yeah, shouldn't be but it is. Mine is knocking on 42 RWHP these days so I forget how weak it was stock.
I take it back, OP, don't even consider a Ninja 300. Horrible choice for anyone, whether you are a new rider or well seasoned vet. Don't settle for less than 72 HP and 420 lbs. You can't survive without it.