A motorcyclist riding without a helmet and using a torch clenched in his teeth as a headlight died along with his passenger in a horrific head-on crash in Tasmania at the weekend.

According to a report in The Examiner, the 28-year-old rider and his 31-year-old pillion passenger died after their unroadworthy bike crashed head-on into a ute in the main street of the town of Perth, in the north of the state.

Tasmania Police said the crash, about 10pm on Saturday, appeared to happen when the motorbike cut in front of a turning ute. The occupants of the ute were not injured.

Inspector Michael Johnston said the motorbike was unregistered and uninsured and the rider appeared to have been using a torch held in his mouth as a light.

"It was a horrible scene, all scenes are horrible when somebody loses their life,'' he said.

Tasmania Motorcycle Council president Shaun Lennard told the ABC the accident was "not indicative of people who ride motorcycles in this state''.

"People riding unregistered motorcycles with no lights and no helmets at night time ... is horrendously dangerous,'' Mr Lennard said.

- The Examiner