Bummer, I was so excited about BuddyPress 1.7 but it’s a little disappointed that such a WP DNA features aren’t included.
I’ve made some bbPress themes before and I love how simple the page templates can be moved around and extended by just calling them different names like you would do by a regular WP Theme.
Hope that will ever be the feature for BuddyPress.
For now, I have to accept losing the page.php template to BuddyPress only and add a Custom Page Template for every other created page inside the WP Dashboard.
By doing so i can clean-up all HTML inside the page.php and move it two templates higher -> members/index.php just before all the BuddyPress stuff starts to roll.
It’s not the best en most beautiful solution but it works for now.