They do occasionally fail, usually from top gun type competitions (lot of slow speed, trail braking, clutch feathering maneuvers). Get some reports of ckutch slipping from using energy conserving oils.
I had a 1996 GL1500SE that I replaced the clutch plates at 130,000 miles. I caused the failure while slipping the clutch trying to load it using a trailer ramp that was too steep.
I replaced the plates myself and rode it for a few thousand miles after. Not as scarry a job as you may think.
Now that you mentioned it, NO, I have not read much about bad clutches.........BUT that's a good thing...........
Gregg may jump in on this discussion, when he reads it.................He'd know more than 99% of the rest of us..