Very true mate. Unfortunately I do suffer the same affliction as you and like to have the best tool for the job. Like you say though, it's about the ride.
I am actually heading off on Monday morning. Got a weekend of fun round Derbyshire to enjoy though this weekend as well as testing some bit's n bob's I have bought for the trip.
The weather is looking pretty amazing at the moment. Hope it stays like this all into next week as well. Have a Pudding Run with friends next weekend (Lot's of bikers gathering to have a ride out then back to someone's house for cakes, tea and coffee.... I don't help reduce the stereotypical Englishman personna do I?)