I have a XR(Cross Roads). It comes from the factory with a plastic grill in front of the oil cooler and battery. Just mentioning that so you could actually use something made out of plastic, something like expanded metal but made out of plastic. I would take a walk around Lowes/HomeDepot and see what they have. Even some expanded metal made out of alunimum like for a screen door may be a could thing to use.
Buckeye, Arizona(USA) 2011 Victory Cross Roads, Black police bag guards, black engine guards, black handle bars, Triumph Tiger mirrors, Triumph hand grips, set speedo/tach back 5" , adjustable timing wheel, Lloyzz Fuel Programmer III & air filter. Modified exhaust, made stock into 2 into 1. MRA windshield, Rotated front fender forward,relocated ignition switch, Bad Ace Fuel Tank Risers, Fat front tire.