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I am having an oil leak and don't know how to go about fixing it. It starts as soon as I start riding the bike. It is coming from the left side of the bike and sprays on my pants on my left leg

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Well, what kind of oil does it seems like, a thin oil or thick oil?
Have you clen the bike and see where it might come from. By description, can not be pinpoint source location, have you check your fork, oil cooler connections, or even your LH engine to trace it's source?
Because if you are riding and oil splashes onto your pant legs can be caused by air pressure blowing a leak onto your legs. Hunt the source fisrt then wil try to fix it.

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