Hey Bevo, Most of your questions are answered in the Advanced Rider Course offered by the MSF. You don't see it on the road because, it has not been learned nor is it practiced by many.
The "Kiss The Mirror " concept. Augie
I've taken the basic an advanced course from MSF. It doesn't dabble in trying to hit the turns hard, not like sport bike riding, leaning over the seat, etc. Just riding safe in them, braking in curves, the ideas of traction and braking in curves, etc. However- I'm sure instructors teachings change from class to class, outside of the basics.
This is just me, I'm a new rider, take it for what its worth. Front braking a turn will DROP your front forks and you'll scrape worse, and you will scrape like crazy, it will also lighten/raise your rear and remove traction to that rear wheel.
You slow before the turn, and accelerate during the turn (lightly). That's MSF 101. That will keep your suspension as high as possible, and gain traction and balance through the turn.
Bevo, we just hit the limits on these bikes is all. Hell my 06 Vstar 650 didn't scrape like the 950 does. I wanna corner harder and can't. I've had enough butt puckering trying to push this bike, turning hard and fast on a curve, bottoming my suspension out and scraping a hard part is no fun, it acts like a fulcrum and removes weight/traction from the tire as your scraping (hard scrape, not the board). The 950 is going to the wife for her "new" bike. I'm going to be looking soon for something else.