A 24-year-old man is dead after he lost control of the motorcycle he was test driving and struck a street light.

The crash happened at 6:20 p.m. Saturday in front of 194 Panamount Heights N.W. Police say the man was test riding a 2013 Suzuki SV 650 sport bike in the residential neighbourhood and was travelling at a high rate of speed when he entered a patch of pea gravel.

Suzuki

The young man killed Saturday in northwest Calgary was wearing proper protective gear when he crashed while test riding a 2013 Suzuki SV 650 sports bike. (Suzuki)

The man then lost control of the motorcycle and hit a light pole.

He was taken to Foothills Hospital in life-threatening condition but died from his injuries a short time after arriving.

Police say the man did not own the Suzuki but did have a proper Class 6 driver's license.

He was also wearing a proper helmet and protective jacket at the time.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors but police say speed and driver error are to blame for the crash.

Police are still investigating.