The original mirrors were a distraction in the field of vision. I feel the same way about wearing glasses under my helmet - always getting in the way. Thats why I ditched the sunglasses and got a tinted shield.
Mirrors in front of you are not a distraction, but just additional information you need to be aware of in any case. If you're concerned about how much braking to apply before entering a corner, you need to make that decision based on what's behind you as well. A bar end mirror only puts that information out of the way.
Sivan, I beg to differ about the stock mirrors not being a distraction. More than once I've had a smaller vehicle or person blocked out of my field of view by the MM ears. The hindsight mirrors are vastly superior (for me) for a better view to the rear. The only thing the stock mirrors gave me a better view of was my elbows!
Then you have a problem with the stock mirrors, not with them being in front of you. The gist of advice sought and given in this thread was about the benefit of moving the "distraction" away. I'm saying that it's wrong to view it as a distraction.
I have a CRG myself but don't think they are ideal. I'm just tired of trying out new mirrors that don't work.
Actually the CRG's are a trade off. They are not blocking anything in the sight picture, but you do have to turn your head alot more to look at them. I prefer them over the stock mirrors since I can see all around me.