The Story

Since 1940, thousands of people from all over the world and all walks of life -- from affluent doctors, lawyers, and accountants, to construction workers, laborers, farmers, hard core bikers, and factory workers – are drawn to Sturgis for the biggest biker party in the U.S., maybe even the world. They are drawn to Sturgis to share their love of motorcycles and to party. It's a Mardi Gras-type atmosphere…party all night, get up the next day and party again without any care for the consequences.

The Free bike wash presents a whole different scene. Bikers or motorcyclists come into the bike wash thinking they'll get a FREE bike wash and maybe donate to a worthy cause. The FREE bike wash is a simple act or demonstration of love to the bikers. The bike wash does NOT accept ANY donations of any kind during the rally. Bikers are prayed over while someone washes their motorcycles and then asked if they need any special prayer in their life. Some are taken aback, particularly being in Sturgis. Most are very gracious and ask for prayer for loved ones who have cancer or for their broken and hurting relationships with a spouse, ex-spouse, or children. Then while the bikers wait for their bikes, they are offered FREE food, boot polish, hand massage and a cold drink with a shaded place to relax and read about How Jesus Loved the WHOLE WORLD, including them and the purpose behind the bike wash.

God DEMONSTRATED his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ”And not as through one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment came of one unto condemnation, but the FREE gift came of many trespasses unto justification.” Romans 5:16

”So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the FREE gift came unto ALL men to justification of life.” Romans 5:18 ”that, as sin reigned in death, even so might GRACE reigns through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21

How it Began:
After listening to a sermon on “Servant Evangelism” by Pastor Steve Sjogren (A Conspiracy of Kindness) in 1995, One man was prompted by the Holy Spirit to go to Sturgis during the annual Biker Rally to wash motorcycles for FREE as a way to demonstrate to bikers the love God has for ALL men.  So it began.  One man with a motorcycle, a bucket, hose and about three dollars of soap, reacted to a CALL from the Lord to reach out to Bikers for Jesus in Sturgis, SD. Only by God's Amazing Grace could this CALL have turned into a mission with worldwide impact.  Since it's humble beginnings many volunteers now are joining in to share the love Jesus has for ALL mankind. ”My ways are not your ways says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

The Bike Wash Today:
Volunteers from all over the United States now join in this mission and purpose: to DEMONSTRATE God's love in a way another biker might understand. No strings attached. To come on this missions trip each team member raises $500 and asks their friends and family to partner with the mission trip by joining them in prayer for the team and bikers.   Other Christian bikers and organizations also help out and pitch in while they are in Sturgis. Many are there for other ministry opportunities and members of other ministries.

In 2018, over 90 volunteers ministered to over 1,500 people from 15 different countries and nearly every state in the U.S. They washed approximately 800 - 900 motorcycles and gave away over 1,200 brats and hot dogs, many gallons of lemonade and coffee, and over 800 biker Bibles – all without accepting donations from those to which they ministered to. Praise God!


August 3rd - 9th, 2019

Shalom Life has been in partnership with this mission trip since 2010.

Sturgis Free Bike Wash is a separate entity.

Sturgis Free Bike Wash is the sole creator, organizer and facilitator of this mission trip.

Sturgis Free Bike Wash

How To Donate:

  1. Make check out to: The Harbor Church
  2. In the memo write: Free Bike Wash
  3. Mail to:

Shalom Life

PO BOX 554

North Branch, MN 55056

Donations are collected a year long.

(You will receive a tax donation from The Harbor Church at the end of the year.)