2018 Tiger 1200 XRx Clutch issue?

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Was 6 hours from home this weekend, was coming out of a turn in town and accelerating and the clutch slipped... that was odd. There are only 10,000 miles on this bike. Within an hour the bike was dead on the side of the road. The bike shifts into all gears but wont do anything but crawl on flat ground in 1st gear. I cant believe the clutch would be gone in 10k, and it seems odd the clutch would be totally gone and not have any gears within 30 miles as I was trying to get to a buddies house and figure out what to do from there. The fluid in the reservoir looks clean, and is at the proper height, I have not added any from the factory, heck have not even took the reservoir cap off until this happened because I wanted to look in and see how clean it really was. I have never noticed any burnt clutch smell, no fluid under the bike, the clutch lever does not feel any different, the drive shaft seems to be working because in 1st gear the bike slowly gets up to 5 miles per hour, and there were no perceptible noises...although I am not a good listener...just ask my ex... .Any thoughts?
 

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I don't have a new Triumph with all the electronics, so what I am about to say is based on my Ford F450. Does your bike have a limp mode? Is it possible it is not the clutch at all; but something triggered the limp mpde? You are still under warranty; take it to a dealer.
 

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No idea about a limp mode...

Sorry, I forgot to add, I loaded it in a U-Haul and drove 6 hours home, it is sitting at my local dealer and will be Monday before they can look at it...
 

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Thank you for the update. Please let us know what the diagnosis is. I'm curious and it may help someone else.
 

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Yes keep us informed please. I have a '17 TEX but just bought this spring and have only 4000 kms on it yet.
 

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I talked to the shop today, they said the driveshaft failed, parts have shipped, just waiting to get it all back together. They said that the shaft was spinning inside itself and a o-ring was all that was holding the shaft together. It would transfer power to the wheel but any slight grade of acceleration and it is all slippage. He said, the true benefit was I got a free clutch inspection. When I pick up the bike I will get more details and share.

Has anyone else heard about a driveshaft failure on the 1200?
 

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No known issues with the Triumph 1200 Tiger/Explorer driveshafts that I am aware of. Hopefully your's was just a singular incident.
 

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I talked to the shop today, they said the driveshaft failed, parts have shipped, just waiting to get it all back together. They said that the shaft was spinning inside itself and a o-ring was all that was holding the shaft together. It would transfer power to the wheel but any slight grade of acceleration and it is all slippage. He said, the true benefit was I got a free clutch inspection. When I pick up the bike I will get more details and share.

Has anyone else heard about a driveshaft failure on the 1200?
Thanks for the update and I am glad it is getting fixed properly. TUP
 

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So it was the metalastic joint in the two piece driveshaft. From what research I have done and from the comments by the dealer, these failures are extremely rare. Glad it happened while I was under warranty.

Was without the bike for 2 weeks between waiting to get the bike into the shop and waiting on parts. Bike is back, runs great, happy motoring!
 

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Great to hear good news TUP
What a strange thing to happen.
That said, years ago I had a Ford Escort with a four- cylinder engine that had never been abused in any way.
One night it lost all forward motion. It had twisted the input shaft in the transmission completely in two.
Very rare thing to happen - and the warranty had expired FACE
 
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