Any fault with the front system on a motorcycle is,"Life Critical" IMNSHO.On a motorcycle you need the front end as near to 100% as possible inc forks/tyres/brakes etc.If you have a fork oil leak get is fixed or at some point it will bite you in the A** possibly big time.
Use the search function for fork seal replacement.
The difference between two wheels on the ground and four wheels in car is NOT two wheels
How could this go against me? I just sent an email to the local repair shop, but I have work 35 miles away, and my bike is my only transportation. I need to know possible symptoms to be looking out for that could happen from this leak.
Keep an eye on your front end bottoming out and the bike handling weird.It's one of those things that can creep up on you to get worse or just go.You may well be fine for a while but as stated front ends on Motorcycles are very very important.I've had a fork seal totally go and the bike became a dog on the slightest bump with the front end became unsure.It's not a big job to do yourself and the replacement parts are not expensive.
Sealing your crankcase?
Yes. It isn't airtight due to a stripped bolt so I was going to put some high heat silicon sealant around the problem area. That along with some heat wrap on my exhaust would probably be good. But as it is now in stop-and-go traffic my heat almost touches the red while idling.
the parts you need are cheap,and here is a step by step guide.So I was riding today and noticed that oil seems to be seeping out of my front left fork.
What is this from? How important is it? What do I do to stop it?
the problem i see there is balance panther.if one fork is not leaking and the other is,and quite badly i assume,then surely the handling will be way out when one fork possible drains out.Some people I know have let the fork leak until it stops and then keep riding after.
It isn't as good over bumps and handling, but it isn't like the wheel will fall off.
Vermin on ADV had leaking seals on his PC800, so he drill a small hole in the bottom of both forks, drained them, and then road for tons of miles, detroit to SoCal, SoCal to alaska, colorado to mexico and back. (he loaned the bike out for the AK to SoCal to AZ to CO legs)
If it isn't contaminating your front brake pads, you can ride a long time on leaking fork seals.
I fix mine as soon as I can though. I like good handling, and a smoother ride.