A motorcyclist crashed along a highway early Thursday in far northeastern Minnesota and died, authorities said.

The wreck occurred about 1:50 a.m. on Hwy. 1 in Beaver Bay Township, according to the State Patrol.

Travis J. Vargas, 45, from Johnson Creek in southeastern Wisconsin, was heading south, strayed onto the right shoulder and crashed. Vargas was not wearing a helmet, the patrol said.