The sheriff’s department also provided updated information, saying the motorcycle with a single rider was eastbound on Crest Road near Mile Marker 4 when he rounded a curve and lost control of the bike.
The rider was wearing full protective gear, including a full-face helmet, department spokesman Sgt. Sam White said.
The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other vehicles were involved in the wreck and there were no witnesses to the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The investigation is ongoing to determine if speed was a factor.
10:34 a.m. — A motorcyclist has died this morning after crashing on the Sandia Crest Road near the Doc Long Picnic area, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said.
The crash, which didn’t involve any other vehicles, was reported at around 10 a.m., sheriff’s department Sgt. Sam White said. The Sandia Crest Road, which winds up to the top of the Sandia Mountains, will be closed to all traffic during an investigation.
The man riding the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet, White said. No other factors in the crash had been identified.
The Doc Long Picnic area is about three miles past Highway 14 when heading toward Sandia Crest.