When I sat on both of them in a showroom I found the XSR suited me better. Mainly because the 900 had a wider 3 cilinder engine and I felt my legs ankles had to bend in an uncomfortable way to clear the crank case and still hit the pedals. Probably best if I never ride a Harley
MY deal was the same price too change xsr700 or xsr900 if you are tall say 6'3" or over your legs will not fit the tank cut outs on the 900
Ryan @ fort 9 points this out (love is road tests ).
I would have been seduced by the 115bhp triple which should make a parallel twin seem a bit boring, but my part ex was a MT 09tracer so i did not want the same engine again.
75bhp is perfect for a naked retro style bike; cycle world also said xsr900 not the bike you want.