WOW! That is a really sweet touring cycle - I like the all the bottle cages and especially the racks - it definitely has a "nothin' but business" look to it!
Was this a re-build or a 'new-off-the-shelf' bike?
Thanks for the info on the black paint always looking dirty - maybe that's one of the things bugging me about mine...
Thanks for the kind words. Yes, she's an excellent "nothin' but buisiness" tourer, especially when the trip involves some of the wonderful dirt/gravel/fire roads in the western U.S. She's a 1990 with triple-butted Tange MTB tubing and oversized downtube--makes for a great touring frame. And "yes", it's definitely a rebuild. I originally built her up in '07 and she's been all over the western states. The only stock piece left is the LX front derailleur.
As for the color for your rebuild--I lean toward a nice "gun metal gray" for a touring rig, something like the VO Campeur or '86 Miyata 1000 or '83 Expedition. It never looks dirty, even when it is, but never looks quite as nice as black or navy blue or hunter green when they are nice and clean. Perfect for touring conditions.
I powder coated my miyata 1000 battleship grey or thereabouts... it was originally coated with heaps of paint and I thought it was 1989 which was also a similar grey but mine ended up being an 87. Hides dirt pretty well and pink bartape aside it doesn't really stand out.