Police say 51-year-old Gerald Sexton of Coeburn, Virginia was driving west on Route 658 just before 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
When Sexton came to a curve he lost control of the motorcycle and hit a guardrail on the right side of the road. Both sexton and his passenger Ladonna Sexton were thrown from the bike.
Ladonna was treated for minor injuries. Sexton died Friday afternoon.
Both were wearing their helmets.
Police say the crash is under investigation