Never say never.
I generally avoid Neutral for the first two - three hours, after which my left hand just gets tired or holding the clutch. Yah, I know that MFC and others say about being prepared to escape from rear end collisions. But those 400 - 500 mile days the LT inspires take me through small towns with stop signs and more and with 50 years on the clutch hand, well.
But the recommendations are right. Slight preloading of the gear and gently pulling the clutch lever back until it engages will efforllessly put the bike in gear and once you get the hang of it, not jerk the bike forward at all.
+on using the side stand to shut the engine down in first so the bike will not roll. Although there are times when (and common sense will tell you) the slant where you park calls for backing into the curb or using the center stand, Always is no better that never.
But I do not see any reason for excessive force - its just a matter of getting used to the BMW dry clutch transimission and the incredible short time it takes for the gears to stop when the clutch is pulled.
You will probably discover, as many here have, that preloading the gears and just blipping the clutch to upshift or downshift workes best on the LT. Something the dealers just faile to mention, but you will find may reports of here.
Probably most fo the folks heading out to
CCR are doing just that all the way there, on LTs, RTs and the rest of the BWM pantheon.