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It looked to me like he did that to make it easier to get the wheel off-same thing with the license plate.
The Clymer's manual (FWIW) simply says put it on the center stand, and proceed with wheel removal.
Obviously, anything you can stand it up on, to raise the rear higher, will aid in the removal of the wheel.
I haven't experienced any of this myself yet, but I'm about too in a couple days.....