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The SV doesn't like running down real low in the rev band....and as you've found about 3000 is the minimum to ask anything of it, and most of us use 4000 as the minimum for WOT. It is after all capable of over 10,000 rpm....so it's no Harley and while you don't need to rev the piss out of it all the time....careful with the throttle when down below 4000 is a good move.
Ticking isn't a problem once you check the valve clearances and find them within spec. I'm more worried about a solid valvetrain that I CAN'T hear than one that ticks merrily while running.
I always wear earplugs and without them my motor really sounds like the proverbial thrashing machine...but has now for over 44,000 miles and is running strong as ever.
The scissor cam gears will whine pretty loudly and when I adjusted the cam phasing a set of WebCam gears were used which ditched the scissors and run without whine...but instead have a bit O-chatter at low revs, but knowing what each sound is makes them not be worrisome and once you check the bike over you'll get to know its' personality and desires.
Chewy's PAIR delete is a good thing which frees up some space under the airbox and makes future service a LOT easier. It also does change how it runs a bit so for sure check the valves, then synch the throttles, then adjust the TPS when you're finished and it'll run great for you.
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