IMHO the Mana is a great handling bike in stock form and doesn't deserve the endless criticism about the front end.
Yes the front end is mushy but it soaks up bumpy roads admirably.
Yes, mid turn corrections (particularly with the front brake) where one doesn't trail brake into the turn at speed are messy. I learned that the first two weeks of ownership back in 09 when I came into a turn too hot and didn't trust or understand that the Mana will turn in tighter than most of us are capable of and so I chickened out by hitting the front brake, the bike stood up and I really blew the turn. After that I learned to trail brake into the turn and if I misjudged the speed, it is a simple matter to hang my knee out further and lean it over further. In this situation the Mana has never let me down. Virtually all of my riding over the last 2 1/2 years has been over twisty roads, mountain gaps, hot laps on track and in the company of other like minded people on all types of motorcycles.
I can appreciate Pete's horror of being mid turn, going too fast and encountering a vehicle in his lane. That surely is a nightmare that the Mana would not like if corrected to the high side with sudden brake application and a serious throttle change which apparently was the only option, but to call the handling of the stock bike so awful and slam it constantly just gives the rest of the world trying to learn about the Mana the wrong impression.
I can dig up the article where a stock Mana in Europe kept pace with a Shiver on a racetrack with a competent rider aboard but I think everyone has seen that already.
Anyone else agree with me or am I the only one ?