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Leak in front fork

I have a 2008 750 shadow spirit. There is an oil? leak in the front left (sitting on the bike) fork. What are the possibilities & how serious is this. I haven't ridden for several weeks and the oil spot is about 9 or 10 in in diameter.

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This is the damping oil in the fork. Once it is all leaked out you will find it difficult to control the bike on bumpy roads. Get it checked ASAP. Repair is not very complicated since it requires replacement of the fork seals. I would recommend doing both forks at the same time. If one has failed the other is not far behind.

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