Tire iron spread
I've had my rear wheel off numerous times. One thing I do is spread the pads apart with the tire iron. This makes the install quicker. To be honest I don't remember having an issue getting the wheel on.
Typically, I sit on the ground and prop the wheel up with my legs to align the axle hole. Hope this is the missing piece that makes it easy in the field, or garage.
3Rrr = Read, Ride and Reflect
09 BMW F800GS
11Husqvarna TE 449