Then something strange happened. Out in that real world, more and more people, year after year, found a reason to buy a Hayabusa. To the point where now, eight years after its introduction, the Haybusa, in essentially identical form, is selling at a pace undreamed of by its creators. Last year, Suzuki sold over 10,000 of 'em-with seemingly no end in sight. The current Hayabusa is so popular and well-regarded that Suzuki approached improving it-or, heaven forbid, replacing it-with serious misgivings. The Hayabusa had turned out to be much more than the sum of its parts-its dyno chart, or its top-speed numbers or its distinctive look. It had become an icon, a legend, a symbol for everything that is exciting, outrageous and excessive in American motorcycling.